Ramblings: Injuries around the league; game recaps; Buchnevich – November 22

Michael Clifford

2019-11-22

 

For a second straight game, Claude Giroux was on Morgan Frost’s wing. When Frost was called up, I mused that this was (finally, for real this time) the end of Giroux as a centre. Maybe that will hold up.

James van Riemsdyk, by the way, started the game on the fourth line.

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I wanted to take the opportunity to watch the Flyers last night mostly because I wanted to watch Morgan Frost, and more importantly, how Frost would play with Claude Giroux on his wing. Hockey is a funny game and let me explain why.

This game saw the Flyers get generally outplayed by the Hurricanes, as is known to happen when teams play Carolina. The Giroux line, especially, often got dominated territorially, but you could see the individual skill on display on Frost’s short-handed goal, and in other scoring chances. Giroux did end up with four points (2+2), after all, and Frost by no means looks overwhelmed at the NHL level.

Basically, I think this is a line that can do very well in softer matchups, which is what’s going to often happen at home. When they’re on the road, though, it could be a tougher slog.

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New coach, new power play.

The Leafs ran a top unit of Tavares-Matthews-Nylander-Barrie-Rielly on Thursday night. I guess Barrie finally got his PP1 minutes, though Andreas Johnsson had to be sacrificed at the altar of running a 3F/2D man advantage.  

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Good news for Avs fans and Mikko Rantanen owners: the young star is still skating and looks to join the lineup “soon.”

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Kyle Turris was a healthy scratch again for the Predators. It seemed like he was playing well earlier in the season bu